For a company that constantly seem on the brink of extinction, America's second biggest wrestling promotion have left an indelible mark on the business over the past 15 years.
TNA, Impact, GFW - call them what you will, their history is storied. Granted, they've been an object of ridicule for years now, and their name conjures more negative connotations than positive, but there was a time when the promotion felt like the hottest thing in wrestling, and a genuine WWE alternative.
Those days are long gone, as are all illusions of ever competing with the market leaders, who have always no-sold the promotion's existence. Ignoring the competition is one of Vince McMahon's most time-honoured tactics, and even today, with their roster so heavily populated with ex-TNA stars, WWE won't acknowledge them (Dixie Carter's recent Network appearance aside).
They'd love you to do the same as well, because despite their infinite shortfalls, humiliations, and disasters, Impact have left the WWE hierarchy red-faced several times since their 2002 formation. Sure, they'll never challenge Vince McMahon financially, but it's easy to imagine these small victories denting the notoriously petty Chairman's colossal pride...